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Three Men Arrested in Copper Theft

Deputies say three men are facing burglary charges after the group broke into a local Frederick business and took wire copper off of the property.
FREDERICK, Md. - Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office say three men are facing burglary charges after the group broke into a local business and took wire copper off of the property. 

Police say around 1 a.m. on Monday, December 16 they were patrolling in the area of Rt. 80 and Bennett Creek Avenue when Cpl. Taylor Angleberger saw a suspicious vehicle that was weighted down and the registration plate was covered with duct tape.

Officers say the vehicle went down the 8900 block of Fingerboard Road, where the three occupants, Chase A. Laws, 30 of Brookeville, Md., Richard L. Ray, 31, of Rockville, Md., and Lucas D. Laws, 27 of Brookville got out of the vehicle and fled the scene on foot. 

At that time, police observed a large amount of freshly cut copper and spools in the rear seat of the vehicle. 

A perimeter was established and the Maryland State Police Aviation, and a Sheriff's Office K9 unit were called in to assist with the search. Laws and Ray were found and taken into custody shortly after. 

Police say through the investigation they discovered the copper wire had been taken from a contractor on Bennett Creek Boulevard in Frederick. Police notified the business and went to their location, where they found the gate had been damaged and copper wire had been stolen. 

A short time later, police say they saw Laws get into a vehicle parked at the Waffle House on Fingerboard Road and drive off toward I-270. A deputy pulled the vehicle over, and placed Laws under arrest. 

Deputies say all three men are charged with second and fourth-degree burglary, and two counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000. All three are currently being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. 
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